Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Laughter: the best medicine!

We often hear that “laughter is the best medicine.” While we wouldn’t argue with that statement from a common sense point of view, we now have growing scientific evidence that this is most certainly true. More than 70% of illnesses are related to stress including high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, anxiety, psychosomatic disorders, migraines, allergies, peptic ulcers -- the list goes on. When you are under stress, adrenalin is secreted, but when you laugh, the adrenalin level goes down and the cumulative effect of stress is minimized.

Modern studies on happiness (and laughing) reveal that happy people are more energetic, decisive, creative, social, trusting, loving, and responsive. Studies have revealed that children laugh over 300 times a day whereas adults laugh only 15 times. “Laugh and be well,” as the saying goes, is now a proven medical fact. When was the last time you had a good laugh?

By Brad Catherman
Vice President, Gift Planning
Senior Citizen Services

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